Smurfit Kappa celebrates 50 years in product packaging
Smurfit Kappa, a leading European packaging company, is celebrating its 50th anniversary within the product packaging industry this week, having developed automated packing lines across the world since its launch in 1967.
The Swedish company has served a number of big name brands during this time, including Heinz, Bosch, Kellogg’s and Kimberly-Clark amongst others, providing them with innovative packaging machines.
In total, Smurfit Kappa has developed, produced, supplied and installed over 8,000 machine systems for its customers.
“The next 50 years hold unlimited possibilities for Smurfit Kappa as a total solution provider,” said Smurfit Kappa Machine Systems Manager, Koen De-Winter.
“With exciting new sales channels such as ecommerce growing, we will keep developing packing lines to launch more and more innovative packaging solutions and continuing to unlock value for our customers.”
The manufacturing specialist also provides supply chain solutions in the form of SupplySmart and ShelfSmart, helping to optimise the supply chains of customers in order to provide a total solution from production to sale for the customer, something that Italian coffee giant Lavazza recently tapped into.
“We approached Smurfit Kappa in search of a solution for a new range of coffee capsules that would get us to market in the shortest possible time,” said Lavazza’s Research and Development Engineer, Paolo Zonca.
“The brief was challenging but Smurfit Kappa turned it around and provided both the consumer and retail packaging as well as the machine system that could pack 400 capsules per minute.
“Being able to offer a complete packing solution and work on both the packaging format and packing line simultaneously saved a lot of time and got our product on the shelves quicker.”
In this way, Smurfit Kappa’s packaging solutions are able to be customised to any customer’s needs.
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.